Project #155038 - American Literature

English Tutors

Subject English
Due By (Pacific Time) 11/27/2016 06:00 pm

Readings and Materials:

  • Biography of Thomas Jefferson

http://millercenter.org/president/biography/jefferson-life-in-brief

  • "The Decleration of independence" from the Autobiography of Thomas Jefferson (PDF Attached)
  • Biography of Thomas Paine (PDF Attached)
  • Introduction to Common Sense

http://xroads.virginia.edu/~hyper/Paine/common.html

  • Common Sense I

http://xroads.virginia.edu/~hyper/Paine/commonII.html

  • Common Sense II

http://xroads.virginia.edu/~hyper/Paine/commonIII.html

  • Tyranny is Tyranny

http://www.historyisaweapon.com/defcon1/zinntyr4.html

  • Schoolhouse rock video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-9pDZMRCpQ

 

Answers should be 1-2 paragraphs, readings are short and easy to understand. please use your words only no outside sources, and please use evidence from the readings only.

Questions:

  1. According to Paine, how is the british government failing to fulfill the sole purpose of government?
  2. As indicated bt the title of his work, Paine grounds his argument for revolution in "common sense" or reason. Why does he believe that revolution is the most logical, reasonable solution?
  3. What role does God play in the Declaration of Independence? How is this different from the role he plays in "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God"?
  4. The schoolhouse rock video presents a simplified version of the events leading up to the American Revolution. considering what you learned from Zinn's essay regarding the causes of the revolution, do you see any problems with this portrayal? Why/why not? In answering this question please seriously consider the reasons that we teach history to children, as well as the implications of mispresenting it.
  5. Given what you know about Thomas Paine, do you think he'd approve of our modern-day American Government? Why/why not?

 

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